Sotomayor Follows Witness Prep Advice in Deflecting Question on Supreme Court Recusals

March 17, 2011 – In The News
ABA Journal

Abraham C. Reich questioned Justice Sonia Sotomayor about the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court having not adopted a comprehensive code of judicial ethics. Justice Sotomayor did not have a response of whether this would change. Without a judicial code of ethics, issues of recusal or disqualification are left up to individual justices, with no requirements for review or transparency.

“In a high profile case, the failure to recuse could have a significant impact,” Reich said. Reich is particularly interested in the subject matter because of a proposed resolution sent to the ABA House of Delegates in February. It urged states to establish procedures for judicial disqualification and called on states that elect their judges to adopt disclosure requirements for litigants and lawyers that provided campaign support.

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